CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Attorney General's office said Friday to a federal court that will allow a suburban Chicago school district will administer medical marijuana to a patient with 11-year-old leukemia to treat it for seizure disorders.
The Illinois medical cannabis law prohibits possessing or using marijuana on the grounds of school or on buses, the only exemption.
The engagement with District Judge John Blakey came two days after the student's parents sued District 54 based in Schaumburg and the state for the girls' right to take medical marijuana at school.
Parents Jim and Maureen Surin contend that the policy violates the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act nd the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Chicago Tribune reported. e.
Since receiving her state medical marijuana card the first week of December, Ashley Surin has been wearing a foot patch and rubbing marijuana oil on her wrist.
The lawsuit states that the patch is occasionally ineffective in controlling its attacks. This is when the girl uses drops of cannabis oil with small amounts of THC on her tongue or wrists to regulate her epilepsy.
The Surins asked District 54 officials to allow the girl to store and use cannabis at the school but were denied due to prohibitions in state law.
School district officials said Friday they will administer cannabis to the sixth grade student until the attorney general gives further clarification. An assistant attorney general told Blakey that his office would allow the school to administer the drug until his office can find a way to address state law.
After Friday's hearing, Surins said they were relieved and excited about the result.
Another hearing is scheduled for January 19.
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